Where is the Boba made? Boba Organic carriers are all manufactured in Boulder, CO USA. Boba Inc. also has its own office, warehousing and distribution facility here in Boulder which naturally reduces our fossil fuel consumption and lessens its manufacturing and distribution footprint. Local manufacturing ensures easy monitoring of the existing labor conditions and the overall quality of our carriers. Boba Classic is manufactured with a reputable company located in China that adheres to strict labor laws. They also follow our strict policies regarding fair work ethics and are an integral part of the Boba Inc. family.
Can my baby face out in the Boba? No, this carrier is not intended for forward facing. The Boba carrier is designed to comfortably carry babies in a physiological manner, oriented toward the carrying individual (either on the front or on the back) with baby’s legs supported in a flexed abducted (froglike) position.
What materials do you use for the Boba? All the outer fabric, the panel and the batting used for the Boba Organic collection is 100% certified organic cotton. All organic cotton used meets or exceeds the Organic Exchange 100 and/or GOTS standards. We also use standard recyclable packaging. Boba Classic is made with the highest quality natural brushed cotton fabrics and 100% cotton batting.
Will the carrier fit both my husband and I? The Boba carrier comes only in one size. It is designed to fit most parents between 5 and 6’3 feet tall.
Is the Boba machine washable? Yes. We recommend that you spot clean regularly. Machine wash on cold cycle with a mild detergent only when necessary. Air Dry.
Can I wear the Boba through pregnancy? Moms do safely wear their carriers with no problem through pregnancy-some up until the end. Yet, some complain that the belt places pressure on the bladder. It all boils down to personal preference. Ask your doctor or midwife and use your intuition. A wrap may be a better alternative as the fabric can be spread wide and is more flexible and soft.
How does the Boba carrier stand up to framed backpacks? The Boba is a soft structured carrier. There are no buttons, snaps, or poles. It is essentially made from a piece of rectangular fabric with foam shoulder straps and a foam waistbelt. Framed backpacks are bulky and although most do offer a great view for your little one, it throws the carrying individual’s center of gravity off as the weight distribution is shifted higher, more toward the upper back. The Boba carrier distributes the weight of your little one to your shoulders and waist. Most often framed backpacks don’t have much of a seat, and instead have leg holes. This means that most of your child’s weight is resting on the strip of fabric between the leg holes. The optimal leg support of the Boba, backed by the foot straps, ensures the proper seated position for the support of your little ones’ hips, pelvis and spine.
Why do the foot straps make a difference? With stretchy baby wraps the fabric can be easily adjusted and pulled to the back of the knee to provide proper leg support. With soft structured carriers the seat of the carrier usually does reach the back of your infant’s knees for full support. Yet as your child grows, as the seat is not adjustable, the legs are supported less and less and the fabric no longer reaches the back side of your growing toddler’s knees. The added foot straps feature alleviates the uncomfortable feeling of fabric digging into the back of your toddler’s hamstrings. It gives tired legs a place to rest and at the same time acts to support the legs in the physiological flexed abducted position (froglike position) which in turn naturally tilts the pelvis and aligns the spine.
Why does your carrier come up so high in the back? We designed the carrier with added height because it is intended to be a carrier for toddlers. This carrier was not intended for newborns or infants so we didn’t have to worry about babies getting lost in the carrier. The extra fabric provides proper back support to the toddler and brings them closer to the carrying individual and his/her center of gravity. In shorter bodied soft structured carriers it is more difficult to bring your child’s upper body close to you. Your only option is to crank the shoulder straps which may make the carrier tighter overall and dig into the middle of your little one’s back but not solve the problem and leave you with sore shoulders. With the Boba, parents should be able to stand naturally and never feel like they have to bend forward to compensate for the “leaning back” feeling of their toddler. The rounded top makes the adjustment more enveloping than the low square back which essentially pulls only your child’s lower body closer. The closer your little one is to your center of gravity, the easier to carry your child.
Can I nurse my baby in the Boba carrier? Yes, you can nurse your baby in the Boba. Adjust the shoulder straps to lower your little one so that he can latch on. Lifting your breast helps. The extra height and width of the carrier helps make nursing more discreet.
How much weight can the Boba carry? Although the Boba can accommodate a six year old, we recommend a weight limit of 45 pounds, or up until your little one turns four.
Can you use the Boba with twins? We recommend carrying one baby at a time, and using one Boba at a time, for the safety and comfort of the carrying individual.
Should I have someone help me out when putting my baby on my back? When first acquainting yourself with the carrier and the loading process we do suggest that you have an extra set of hands available to help. The Boba carrier is designed for you to be able to put your toddler in by yourself. You’ll be loading your little one into the carrier like a pro in no time. If you need any extra help, feel free to contact us.
Why doesn't the baby on the Boba box have his feet in the footstraps? The baby on the front of the box in the Aspen carrier is only 10 months old. The Boba has the widest seat of any Soft Structured Carrier out there and therefore provides a wider seat for the baby to sit in. The seat alone of the Boba will provide adequate leg support until the toddler is around eighteen months. By this time the foot straps will compensate for the lack of material behind the knee and support bigger legs so that your little one’s knee is brought up to hip level. In short, your toddler will probably not use or need the foot straps until he/she is two years old.
Is it alright if I use the Classic Love Your Baby Hold with my newborn, or should I not separate my baby's legs? Since the design of the carrier places no pressure points on your baby (essentially the baby is wrapped to your body instead of by bearing her weight on her own pelvis), separating your infant’s legs will not harm the baby developmentally. Some doctors actually encourage keeping the baby’s hip spread apart right after birth. This position places the head of the femur (the ball) against the acetabelum (the socket), and encourages deepening of the socket, so if anything it can actually help prevent hip dysplasia. The Classic Love Your Baby Hold is appropriate for your newborn. Ultimately, it is up to you what position feels best for you and your baby. All positions on the site are safe and ergonomic from birth.
Why don't you have the forward facing baby carry on your site? Is there something wrong with carrying my baby this way? The forward facing carry in any baby carrier places pressure on the pelvis and spine. When your baby is facing forwards with legs unsupported, the baby’s back is essentially arched instead of rounded. The center of gravity is different which makes the carrier tend to compensate when walking as well. Some sites that sell baby wraps and carriers advise you to only use this hold for a limited amount of time and that no developmental damage will occur if the baby is not placed in this position for hours on end. We can’t wholeheartedly recommend this position as we believe that any pressure on little developing hips and spines is undue. Moreover, all the weight is essentially in the baby’s most sensitive place. When your baby is facing forward his legs as well are not supported. Your baby’s legs should be pulled up to a ninety degree angle. This is possible only if the fabric covers the whole back of the thigh, virtually up to the backside of the knee. It also does not provide good head and neck support, which is most desirable when your baby falls asleep. Of course it is nice for your baby to be able to see the world. However, in the front carry your baby can’t turn away if the environment becomes too overwhelming. You cannot see your baby’s face and it’s tougher to read your little one’s cues. We at Boba Baby Wrap do not advocate front carrying or think it is a good position for either mom or baby.
Will I spoil my baby by wearing him? No. Quite the contrary. Carried babies feel secure and loved. Carried babies make confident babies. Research has shown that carried babies will become independent sooner and ask to be put down instead of to be picked up.
What is the difference between Classic and Organic? The main difference between the Classic and Organic collections for the carrier is the cotton in the fabric. The cotton used in all of our Organic products is 100% Organic Cotton. The only other difference for the Boba Carrier is that the Boba Organic Carrier is made in the United States whereas the Boba Classic Carrier is made in China.
What is the weight limit/age recommendation for the Boba Carrier? The Boba Carrier is made for babies 7lbs - 45lbs. It is not designed for premature babies.
What positions can I use for your carrier? We only recommend positions that are 100% ergonomic for both parent and child. The Boba Carrier is recommended for both the front carry (not forward facing) position and the back carry position. The forward facing carry in any baby carrier places pressure on the pelvis and spine. When your baby is facing forwards with legs unsupported, the baby's back is essentially arched instead of rounded. The center of gravity is different which makes the carrier tend to compensate when walking as well. Some sites that sell carriers advise you to only use this hold for a limited amount of time and that no developmental damage will occur if the baby is not placed in this position for hours on end. We can't wholeheartedly recommend this position as we believe that any pressure on little developing hips and spines is undue.
What are the sizes of the Boba Carrier? The Boba Carrier are designed to fit most adults. The Boba Carrier has a waist belt that is 25 inches long and extends up to 58 inches. The shoulder straps are 20 inches and extend up to 40 inches long.